Original Contribution| Volume 49, ISSUE 5, P1102-1107, May 2023

Magnetic Resonance Thermometry Targeting for Magnetic Resonance–Guided Histotripsy Treatments


      The potential of transcranial magnetic resonance (MR)–guided histotripsy for brain applications has been described in prior in vivo studies in the swine brain through an excised human skull. The safety and accuracy of transcranial MR-guided histotripsy (tcMRgHt) rely on pre-treatment targeting guidance. In the work described here, we investigated the feasibility and accuracy of using ultrasound-induced low-temperature heating and MR thermometry for histotripsy pre-treatment targeting in ex vivo bovine brain.


      A 15-element, 750-kHz MRI-compatible ultrasound transducer with modified drivers that can deliver both low-temperature heating and histotripsy acoustic pulses was used to treat seven bovine brain samples. The samples were first heated to an approximately 1.6°C temperature increase at the focus, and MR thermometry was used to localize the target. Once the targeting was confirmed, a histotripsy lesion was generated at the focus and visualized on post-histotripsy MR images.


      The accuracy of MR thermometry targeting was evaluated with the mean/standard deviation of the difference between the locus of peak heating identified by MR thermometry and the center of mass of the post-treatment histotripsy lesion, which was 0.59/0.31 mm and 1.31/0.93 mm in the transverse and longitudinal directions, respectively.


      This study determined that MR thermometry could provide reliable pre-treatment targeting for transcranial MR-guided histotripsy treatment.


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